Always in literature there is a need to improve on the era before it. Theres always a new transition coming along. As a new growing country America wanted there own type of literature so they kind of combined Old English literature with their own. But still called it their own, which I guess makes them feel more independent. Because that's what it was all about back then. I think back then there was way more room to invent something new. Because there wasn't that much to begin with. For example poets and writers all seemed so new and inventive because people weren't as open to change so they thought everything the writers did was a huge discovery. Now it seems like everyone is doing the same thing because there's alot thats already been discovered.